When we think of baby food, the first thing that usually comes to mind is green or orange puree inside a little glass jar. It's what we see at the grocery store, and what many moms feed there babies. There is nothing wrong with baby food from a store shelf - but you could make the same food at home, using fresh produce, and save money at the same time. These little jars of baby food might seem inexpensive at less than one dollar a piece, but that can quickly add up. It is much more ... Continue Reading
Learn to make your own baby food from scratch and in bulk – saving time, money, and the environment.
Learn how to effectively teach your child manners from a young age.
As parents, we have all been there. We've reminded our child, for what seems like hundreds of times, to remove their elbows from the dinner table. We've felt embarrassment creep up our face while watching our child throwing a temper tantrum at the front of a crowded grocery store. We've felt the evil eye scrutiny from the mother of the child whose toys your child just stole away from him. So, how do we get our children to understand that manners are not just important, but something that should ... Continue Reading
Eliminiate processed foods and incorporate whole foods, without a fuss.
I have always loved being in the kitchen. Cooking, baking, anything that is homemade tastes better in my opinion. Enter three children in five years ... lack of sleep, lack of time, lack of energy led us to boxes of cereal instead of homemade granola, yogurt with more sugar than a serving of jelly beans, and worst of all ... many drive through windows. A year after having my third child, I decided it was time for me to stop feeding my family junk and return to the kitchen. I found that there ... Continue Reading
We asked our SocialMoms to share their worse holiday nightmares with us. Check out what bugs them the most and share your holiday nightmares too!
We're compiling the ultimate list of holiday nightmares. And we would love to hear your biggest holiday nightmares! The holidays can be the most wonderful time of the year with family gatherings, gift-giving and more. But, unfortunately, they can also be the most stressful time of the year. From visiting relatives to being overbooked to crowded grocery stores, the nightmares of this time of year can be endless. And exhausting. We all look forward to this time of year but we also realize ... Continue Reading
The fast and fun way to make your own baby food.
It sometimes seems easiest to head to the grocery store to buy your baby food, but it's just as easy to make it at home and the benefits are amazing. Making baby food food is cheaper for your household and its also healthier. As your child moves to finger food, this can make your transition easier because they already know what an actual vegetable tastes like. While it may seem daunting or too time consuming to make baby food, it can actually be quite fun. Here are the basics for getting ... Continue Reading
Looking to save money each month? Start with the grocery store aisles.
If you are looking for ways to save money each month, the grocery store is a great place to start. Unlike car or mortgage payments which tend to be fixed amounts, the amount of money you spend at the grocery store is something you can control. It is important we find ways to save money at the grocery store because the price of food continues to rise. Just this month, the Wall Street Journal reported that peanut butter is going up 24 – 30%. We need to do all we can to save money at the ... Continue Reading
Celebrate Halloween in a green and environmentally friendly way.
When you think of Halloween what do you think of? Is it the costumes, candy, decorations, or parties? Regardless of how you celebrate Halloween, you can do it in an environmentally friendly way. Here are a few simple steps to help green-up your Halloween festivities. Reusable Bags Instead of opting for the cheaply made PVC containing orange pumpkin candy container at your local grocery store grab a reusable grocery bag. Choose a high quality bag that you will use over and over again, or better ... Continue Reading
Go a little green with these simple and easy ways to make your environmental footprint a little smaller.
Even if you aren't willing to give up your vehicle for a bike, or put solar panels on your home, there are simple and easy ways to make your environmental footprint a little smaller and go a little green. Ditch the Plastic Water Bottles Many of you probably already know that about 30 million single-serve non-returnable containers end up in landfills or as litter every day! That is a lot of garbage and waste, but did you know that 18 million barrels of crude oil equivalent were consumed in ... Continue Reading
Check out these 5 ways to squeeze in exercise in unexpected places, including the grocery store and park.
I know lots of moms who always want to exercise, but, can’t always make the commitment to get to the gym. There are so many ways to accomplish this one goal, that I’d like to share some ideas with you. I’ve previously written about getting your kids outside for 15 minutes of activity before you go home and now I’d like to give some solid “nuts and bolts” for YOU, the parent, to do while you’re kids are playing. Check out these 5 ways to squeeze in exercise in unexpected ... Continue Reading
Save money on many purchases by planning ahead and scheduling them into your week, month, and time of year.
Saving money is always a good thing, and it can easily be done by planning ahead. You can save money on many purchases by scheduling them into your week, month, and time of year. Save Money on Groceries Besides clipping coupons there are a couple of tips to save money at the grocery store. Try to schedule your trip without any other family members so that there are no extraneous expenses on snacks and drinks. Without the distractions you can comparison shop and check off a list to make ... Continue Reading